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Gabriela Ruffels, 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Champ

Gabriela Ruffels won the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Albane Valenzuela in one of the most closely contested finals in recent memory. The final score was 1-up in favor of Australian Ruffels, but the two golfers were never separated by more than one hole after starting the final 18 all square. A birdie on the 35th hole gave Ruffels a 1-up lead, and she won the match and the tournament with a halve on the final hole. It was the second loss in the championship match for Valenzuela, who plays college golf at Stanford. It was the first trip to the finals (her first appearance at all in the tournament) for Ruffels, who plays NCAA golf at Southern Cal. The 19-year-old Ruffels entered the tournament ranked No. 52 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Valenzuela was No. 5. Ruffels comes from a sports family. Her parents were both pro tennis players (in fact her dad was Billie Jean King's mixed doubles partner at some Grand Slam tournaments, including runn…
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Wiezy Got Married: Michelle Wie Wedding Photos

Earlier in 2019, Michelle Wie revealed that she was dating Jonnie West, a high-ranking front-office executive with the Golden State Warriors. West is the son of NBA legend Jerry West. It was not too long before West popped the question and Wie shared photos of her and West's engagement. Now, they've reached the ultimate goal: Wie and West are husband and wife. They got married on August 10, 2019, in a ceremony in Beverly Hills. And since news broke the next morning (how did they keep it secret?) of the wedding, friends of Wie and West have been sharing pics and video on social media.Wiezy and West walking down the aisle after becoming Mr. and Mrs., via https://t.co/PH9cWmZexGpic.twitter.com/kfGUTl7cuz— Golf Babes (@golfbabes) August 11, 2019 Here is Wie in her wedding dress and Hally Leadbetter in her bridesmaid dress: Here is West and Wie with Wie's good buddy Danielle Kang at the reception: Marina Alex got in the photo booth with Michelle: Here's Wiezy with her…

Hotter than July With Patty Tavatanakit

It was quite a two-week-stretch in July 2019 for rookie pro Patty Tavatanakit: After nearly tying the LPGA all-time scoring record, she earned her first victory as a pro on the Symetra Tour. After winning the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Tavatanakit, a native of Thailand who played her college golf at UCLA, turned pro in May at the age of 19. And in her first three starts on the Symetra Tour, she finished in the Top 10 all three times. One of those was a runner-up finish at the Prasco Charity Championship. And another was that first win at the Donald Ross Classic in Indiana, a tournament that concluded on July 13. After the win, Patty tweeted: "When you believe in yourself and have goals, the sky's the limit. ruly unforgettable experience ... this week with my first professional win at the Donald Ross Classic! Thank you to everyone who helped get me here, I'm going to enjoy this." Tavatanakit opened with a 66, added a 70 in Round 3, then clo…

Meet Golf Channel Host Anna Whiteley

Who is the newest face on the Golf Channel? Anna Whiteley. She officially joined the cast of Morning Drive beginning on June 3, 2019. On that date, Whiteley began her job as a full-time co-host on the network's daily news show. Whiteley is British, so the move from London to Orlando is a big step not just professionally but also personally. "I look forward to planting new roots in Florida and hitting the ground running with my Morning Drive colleagues," said Whiteley. Where have Americans seen Whiteley before? Golfing World videos are popular on YouTube. If you've ever stumbled from golf video to golf video on that site, you might have stumbled across Anna. She was the longtime host of the golf magazine television show, which also aired weekly on Golf Channel and Sky Sports. Whiteley has also appeared on Golf Channel before as a correspondent from the European Tour. And she's not the first British host of Golfing World to make the jump to the Golf Channel.…

Esther Henseleit an LET Rookie Up-and-Comer

Esther Henseleit, a young German golfer who reached 10th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings before turning pro, is now a winner as a pro. Henseleit, age 20, won the Skafto Open 2019 on the Swedish Golf Tour, an event co-sanctioned by the LET Access Series. Henseleit has been playing on both the Ladies European Tour and the LETAS in 2019. And at the time of this writing, she has a large lead in the rankings for the LET Rookie of the Year Award. Two weeks after she finished tied for the 30th at the 2019 U.S. Women's Open, Henseleit won by one stroke in Sweden. She opened with a 64 and closed with a 64, with a round of 68 in-between. That's some pretty great scoring! Her final score was 11-under 196 (it was a par-69 golf course). On the big tour (the LET), Henseleit has eight Top 10 finishes in 10 starts and currently sits third on the money list. She is definitely a strong contender to make the European Solheim Cup team. Her best LET finishes so far in 2019 include two run…

Photos of Jeongeun Lee6, 2019 US Women's Open Champ

Jeongeun Lee6 won the 2019 U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston — not just her first major championship win, but her first LPGA Tour win. Lee6 won seven times on the Korean LPGA, however, before joining the U.S. LPGA Tour at the start of the 2019 season. (Related: Why is there a 6 at the end of Jeongeun Lee6's name?) Right now she has blonde hair, but most of these photos show her natural black hair. Lee6 really embraces that "six." You often see the numeral, either written as a number (6) or spelled out (Six), on her clothing (where "6IX" is part of her logo), and always see it on her bag. She marks her ball with a 6. Her nickname is "Lucky 6" and that is also the name of her fan club. You sometimes see her name spelled "Jeong Eun Lee 6." KLPGA scoreboards often noted her as "JE Lee," and her caddie's bib at the USWO read "J.6.Lee." But you can just call her 6 or Lucky 6. Swing work with Jeong…

Annabel Dimmock Wins 2019 Jabra Ladies Open

Annabel Dimmock is finally a winner on the Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series. Dimmock, of England, won the Jabra Ladies Open, a joint LET/LETAS tournament, and in so doing collected not only her first win on those tours but a spot in 2019 Evian Championship. Two places in the Evian were up for grabs at the Jabra, and French amateur Pauline Roussin Bouchard, the runner-up to Dimmock, gained the second one. Dimmock turned pro five years ago, but is still only 22 years old. She was one stroke off the lead at the start of the final round, but ended it one stroke in front. View this post on Instagram ICY /// @adidasgolf . . Good to be back in Morocco , some awesome new changes to the course 😍👊🏻 @letgolfA post shared by Annabel Dimmock (@annabeldimmock) on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:27am PDT Dimmock had four birdies on the front nine of her final round, finishing with a 68. Her final score was 7-under 206. The victory boosted Dimmock to 14th on the LET's 2019 Order of Merit. H…